An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away, as our Mums used to tell us.
‘A’ Stands For ‘Apple’.
Apples are healing. Apples are versatile. They can be eaten raw, juiced into fresh drinks, made into an apple and beetroot salad, or cooked in delicious deserts such as apple crumble, apple strudel, and apple dumplings. Apples can be made into wine, or cider. The famous second century court physician Galen, who also treated the gladiators, apparently presecribed apple wine for almost every ailment imagineable. ‘AA’ in Galen’s time must have stood for “Apples. Apples.”
Raw Apples Provide Essential Fibre: Raw apples, eaten whole or grated up, are a nutritious healing food which can help you to avoid or to treat diseases such as cancer and arthritis. Eat the seeds too, as these are rich in Vitamin B17, also known as Laetrile, or Amygdalin, which is an anti-cancer agent. Raw apples eaten daily will help your colon stay clean and healthy. Maintaining clean and healthy intestines will keep disease away.
Apples are Gluten Free: Apples should be put at the top of the list of that Gluten-Free Diet.
Apples have an alkaline effect on the body, which is very healthy. Alkaline foods help prevent degenerative diseases such as arthritis and cancer from taking hold.
Heart and Lungs Benefit: The flavanoids in apples, such as quercetin, are beneficial for the heart and for the lungs. Some naturopaths recommend an apple to avert an attack of asthma.
Rheumatism and Arthritis: The humble apple is a traditional remedy to alleviate rheumatism and prevent arthritis.
More Benefits of The Apple: It is a great preventer of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as being an easy and effective cure for constipation, as well as for diarrhoea. A diet of apples, done for three days, is a powerful cleanser of the whole body. The apple is regarded as a specific for the prevention of bowel or colon cancer because of its high fibre, as well as the specific healing chemicals it contains, such as pectin, and laetrile Vitamin B 17 in its seeds.
Apples are rich in potassium, which is another thing about apples which is good for your heart. This mineral helps to eliminate fluid retention.
They are high in Vitamin C, which helps to keep connective tissues strong, and which keeps the immune system healthy.
Apples are high in pectin. This is a valuable soluble fibre which plays a part in healing mucous membranes and in keeping the colon healthy. Pectin has a healing effect on the mucous membranes. Pectin helps lower cholesterol. It also helps to stabilize the blood sugar level, which makes it a good addition to the diet of the hyperglycaemic. Eating plenty of apples will help to prevent you from becoming hyperglycaemic.
Apples contain Laetrile, also called Amygdalin, or Vitamin B17: This plant chemical is proven to have an effect on cancer cells, and it is a good vitamin to include in your diet for protection against cancer. Vitamin B17, Laetrile, is found in quite high concentrations in the seed of the apple. Apricots, plum pips, nectarine pips, and peaches all contain Laetrile Vitamin B17 in their kernels. Just don’t eat too many in a day. These pips also contain a form of cyanide, and so one needs to be careful with the dosage. Probably the seeds of one apple should be plenty, without risk of over-dose. There is a story about a man who wanted to get really healthy through taking extra Vitamin B17. He saved up all his pips in a cup and then ate them all at once. He died soon after, according to the story.
But this doesn’t mean apple pips are bad for you – you can also die from eating carrots, and only carrots, if you do it for long enough. A carrot or two a day would be good for you, and so are apple pips if you eat only four or five little pips per day.
Apples are a great dieting food. They are a delicious low-calorie dieting food which will help you to decrease your waist-line without too much trouble. Apparently, people who eat plenty of apples tend to be slim.
Apples are a tasty and healthful addition to your children’s lunch-box. Eating an apple after lunch will help your children’s teeth to stay healthy.
The Benefits of Quercetin: Apples are rich in the anti-cancer chemical quercetin, as well as anti-cancer laetrile. Quercetin is a flavanoid chemical which also helps to lower cholesterol and stabilize blood pressure. Beside pectin in apples, quercetin is also helpful in averting diseases such as cancer, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s disease.
No wonder the humble apple is regarded as such a healthful food.
Recipe For Apple and Beetroot Salad: This salad is an easy-to-make high fibre dish. It can be used daily for helping the bowel to heal, or as part of a diet to heal cancer. It is an ideal combination to use if you are doing a three-day cleanse, in which case you would eat it three times a day. But check out with your doctor or naturopath to see whether this is ideal for you.
Simply grate one apple and one beetroot onto a salad dish. Mix together. You can either eat it just as it is, or:
Add around a teaspoon of grated fresh ginger. Pour over a tablespoon of olive oil, or another good oil of your choice, and a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice. Dried raisins or sultanas complement the flavour of this salad. An avocado can also be sliced into it, along with some fresh spinach. A few slices of fresh, sweet orange make this whole combination really delicious.